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Report - Alum Pot, the Return - October 2011.

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  1. Ojay

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    Alum Pot, the Return

    We originally paid a visit here earlier in the year via Lower Long Churn, the closest we got to Alum Pot at this point was here

    (Not enough time & rope prevented us from going any further)

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    We had always talked about going back at some point, with more rope and attempt to reach the bottom of said 'Big Hole'



    Alum Pot - As close as I dare stand to the edge without safety

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    At over 100m (depending on which route you take down this classic and dramatic 'big hole') there is, unfortunately not a lot of cave at the bottom, but what there is is quite impressive!


    We decided to tackle it from the North East, as the North-West route would have meant missing the bridge and instead a good 60m to the second re-belay


    Rigging off a couple of trees enables you to descend a few metres over the intial edge

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    Down Tweedy goes first - 7M down a further dirty descent before reaching the first re-belay

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    I barely got my toes on the ledge as we re-belayed down one at a time a further 40M and swung across to a slippery ledge

    (Tweedy)

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    (Ojay)

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    Once down we traversed accross the opposite side to reach 'The Bridge' - essentially a fallen rock which spans the shaft obliquely and at a steep angle

    (Apologies for the shocking pics, but the lens was full of water due to the spray from the falls)

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    A quick climb down, we landed on the ledge at the junction with the South-East route down Alum Pot

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    Another re-belay of around 40M with a deviation, dropped us to the bottom of the streamway, below a cascade avoiding a deep pool

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    Continuing through a rather noisy chamber, we were now soaked to the skin as we free climbed down a couple of smaller weirs, before reaching a large waterfall - (last pitch of 'Diccan Pot')

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    A short distance away the Sump, which marked the end of our journey

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    I managed one last shot looking up from near the bottom of Alum Pot, before packing up and finding the energy for ascending the numerous pitches & re-belays back up

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    This was a rewarding & enjoyable trip, but requires a lot of effort (It's a least a Grade 4) and by george was I f00ked once we climbed out and walked back to the car in the pissing rain :thumb
     
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